Book Review: The Little Prince Returns by Yoram Selbst

Title: The Little Prince Returns
Author: Yoram Selbst
Genre: Children’s Books
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Remember Antoine de Exupéry, that wonderful author and not so successful pilot, who crash landed his airplane in the Sahara desert so many years ago, with scarcely enough water to keep himself alive for a week.

Remember how a magical, curly-headed little prince suddenly appeared out of nowhere and insisted that he draw him a sheep. Remember Antoine’s enchanting description of the days they spent together before his companion disappeared as abruptly as he had appeared. And remember his anguished appeal to anyone who might meet him again to:

“Please comfort me. Send me word that he has come back.”

Decades passed. Those who longed for his return could only dream. And then, one day, it fell to the good fortune of a young fisherman lost at sea, afloat on a little ship that he had stolen from its owner, to discover the very same curly-headed prince splashing in the water below him, calling for help. He rushed to help him aboard.

This book tells the tale of what happened after that moment, of the blossoming of friendship and understanding between two unlikely companions as, over many cups of tea brewed with the last of their water, they shared their life experiences and their inner feelings. It is an attempt to recapture the unforgettable magic of that earlier encounter.

In The Little Prince Returns, Yoram Selbst tells the story of a younger fisherman lost at sea, afloat on a stolen ship, and discovers the curly-head prince we all know from the story of “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Exupéry.

The fisherman and the prince form a friendship that is both unlikely and special at the same time. I was quite fond of “The Little Prince” when growing up, and this story brought back some of the magic of that original, classic tale. This “sequel” of sorts is not as great as the original, I would say, but it’s pretty close.

Book Review and Giveaway Amelia, The Merballs And The Emerald Cannon

Title: Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon
Author: Evonne Blanchard
Genre: Children’s Books
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Amelia and Uglesnoo land on Mercury.  They meet the Merballs, the friendly aliens that live there.  All goes well, until an asteroid hits their planet. Amelia and Uglesnoo find themselves in deep trouble. How will they convince the Merballs of their innocence? And how will they manage to collect the flying shoes, escape Mercury and continue their quest to save Uglesnoo’s sister?

I previously read and reviewed Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage, book two in the series, and really enjoyed it. So, when I had the opportunity to read book three, Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon, of course I couldn’t say no.

With the second book, I was amazed by how creative the author was, and I have to say, this third book is even more original, fun and creative!

In this book, Amelia and Uglesnoo land on Mercury where they meet the Merballs. All seems to go pretty well, until an asteroid hits Mercury, and the Merballs areconvinced Amelia and Uglesnoo are somehow involved. With aliens, different planets, a good dose of humor and excellent storytelling that is age-appropriate, this is one of the best kids series out there. The illustrations are pretty fun too and fit the story well.

 

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party Amelia, The Merballs and The Emerald Cannon

I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for children’s books “Amelia, The Merballs and The Emerald Cannon”. Welcome!

Tour Schedule

August 13th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

August 13th: Promo Post and Giveaway @ Deal Sharing Aunt

August 14th: Author Interview @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

August 15th: Book Excerpt @ Nesie’s Place

August 16th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Majanka’s Blog

August 17th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

August 17th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ Bookish Madness

August 18th: Book Excerpt @ Bedazzled Reading

August 18th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

August 19th: Character Interview @ Pop’s Blog

August 20th: Book Review @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

August 20th: Book Review @ Andi’s Kids Books

About the Book

Title: Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon

Author: Evonne Blanchard

Genre: Children’s Books

Amelia and Uglesnoo land on Mercury.  They meet the Merballs, the friendly aliens that live there.  All goes well, until an asteroid hits their planet. Amelia and Uglesnoo find themselves in deep trouble. How will they convince the Merballs of their innocence? And how will they manage to collect the flying shoes, escape Mercury and continue their quest to save Uglesnoo’s sister?

Author Bio

Evonne Blanchard was born and raised in England. She met her husband, an American whilst they were both volunteering at a children’s orphanage in Guatemala.  The writer lives north of Boston, Massachusetts with her husband and their two daughters, Lydia and Gwendolyn.  Other additions to the household include a crazy puppy called Bailey, a lovely cat called Arthur, and lots of fish!

The author has been fascinated by space ever since she was a little girl, mesmerized by clips of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon. As a teenager, War of the Worlds, by H.G Wells became one of her favorite books and she adores the movie Mars Attacks.

When it came to creating her own aliens, the author decided on the warm and fuzzy type, rather than the war-like Martians. Uglesnoo, her main alien character is from Pluto. He’s very friendly and nice but a little crazy too! This was the beginning of Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures, starring Amelia and her alien friend Uglesnoo, from Pluto in a series of ten exciting space adventures for children, ages 5-10.

Uglesnoo’s sister is very sick.  The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune.  To obtain the crystal Amelia and Uglesnoo must travel to the Moon, Sun and all the planets in the solar system.

Evonne’s favorite planet -or to be more accurate dwarf planet- is Pluto, because it has a blue sky and glaciers just like Earth! She was not happy when Pluto was downgraded. Uglesnoo, her alien creation from Pluto is still mad at the decision.  “Pluto is the most important place in the solar system.  It’s where everyone goes for their vacation!” He agrees with Alan Stern, a leading NASA scientist, “This definition (of Pluto as a dwarf planet) stinks…!”

The author is currently working on the fourth book in the series, Amelia, the Snapperjacks and the Molten Maze.  This book is set on the Sun.  How will Amelia and Uglesnoo manage to land on the boiling hot Sun, trade with the aliens, find the jars of Snapperjack honey and continue their quest to save Uglesnoo’s sister?  Find out… in Amelia’s next amazing space adventure!

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

Book Three: Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon

Curious about the series? Click here to find out more:

https://ameliasamazingspaceadventures.com/the-series

 

Links

Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace

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Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage

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Book Three: Amelia, the Merballs and the Emerald Cannon

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Website: https://ameliasamazingspaceadventures.com/

Book Review: One for Sorrow by Mary Downing Hahn

Title: One for Sorrow
Author: Mary Downing Hahn
Genre: Historical, Middle Grade, Ghosts
Age Group: Middle Grade
Rating: 3 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Against the ominous backdrop of the influenza epidemic of 1918, Annie, a new girl at school, is claimed as best friend by Elsie, a classmate who is a tattletale, a liar, and a thief. Soon Annie makes other friends and finds herself joining them in teasing and tormenting Elsie. Elsie dies from influenza, but then she returns to reclaim Annie’s friendship and punish all the girls who bullied her. Young readers who revel in spooky stories will relish this chilling tale of a girl haunted by a vengeful ghost.

One for Sorrow is an another addition to Mary Downing Hahn’s ever-growing oeuvre, and it’s a solid one, although perhaps not as refreshing or as creepy as I had hoped.

Against the influenza epidemic of 1918, Annie is a new girl at school. She’s immediately claimed as best friend by Elsie, a bossy tattletale classmate who Annie somewhat sympathizes with because of her horrible situation at home. Yet Elsie easily distances Annie from the other classmates, destroys her favorite doll, and soon turns out to be the worst friend in history. When Elsie is ill for a week, Annie makes new friends, much to Elsie’s dismay.

Then, the influenza epidemic strikes, and Elsie grows ill and dies. She returns from the dead to haunt Annie and her new friends, and to make Annie believes she’s responsible for Elsie dying. She makes Annie’s life a miserable, going so far as to get her locked up in an insane asylum. Annie must find a way to fight back against her unwanted ghostly companion.

It’s old school horror, but doesn’t have any of the delicious eeriness that usually accompanies those stories. The historical setting works, the writing is excellent, the children are cruel and wicked, but it’s still missing something. Elsie’s ghost isn’t particularly scary. She lets Annie do wicked things, but it’s not scary, not creepy, not eerie.

Also, all the characters are horrible. Even Annie. She decides to hate Elsie right away when it’s obvious and should be obvious to her that Elsie has a horrible childhood and could really use a friend. Maybe Elsie should temper it down somewhat, but she could still use a friend. I found it downright cruel how even the adults were mean to Elsie. That’s terrible. All the girl characters were nasty and spoiled, and the adults weren’t much better.

I was also rather annoyed by Annie not being able to do anything on her own. She wanted to get rid of Elsie’s ghost, but she didn’t really do anything about it. She didn’t try research, or try to contact anyone who could help her. She was very passive, and just let things happen to her.

Anyway, it’s a good story for middle graders, but not the best, although I did enjoy the writing and pacing, and the historical setting. The characters just weren’t very likeable, and the story wasn’t creepy enough.

Book Review: Sweet Tales: The Adventures of Brittany and Lace by Laurie Hyman

Title: Sweet Tales
Author: Laurie Hyman
Genre: Children’s Books
Age Group: Children
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

The Adventures of Brittany and Lace, the second book in the Sweet Tales series, is the perfect chapter book or read-out-loud book for animal lovers of all ages! Told from the animals’ point of view, these three charming stories center around Britt the Kit, now a grown-up tabby cat, and a special litter of rescued kittens—Lace, our new co-star destined to be Brittany’s new sister, Coco, who needs a home, Scamp and Willa. Exploring universal themes, with lots of trouble and adventure in between, each story is resolved with determination, love, and understanding. When needed, humans help, along with a colorful group of animal friends. An enjoyable book for the entire family – or anyone who enjoys a good tale!

“An educational adventure story for young animal lovers that delivers justice where it’s deserved.” -Kirkus Reviews

”The overall sense of caring, community, and responsibility for others is palpable throughout.”
–Kirkus Reviews

Cover Credits

Original Art: Belinda DelPesco

Cover Design: Heather Wood

Sweet Tales: The Adventures of Brittany and Lace is the second book in the Sweet Tales series. I didn’t get to read the first book yet, but I had no trouble picking up and following right along with this book. Animal lovers will adore this book. I LOVE cats, so to read stories featuring cats always makes me happy. The book features three stories: Brittany’s New Sister, Sky’s Kkittens, and Winter Snow & Justice.

Having the book split up in three seperate stories is ideal for kids, since they usually like shorter stories and can take a break after each story. I had to read right along into the next one, though. All the stories have hopeful messages, and help spread love and understanding amongst animals, and for humans in relation to animals.

I’m sure kids will love this book. The writing and stories are very age-appropriate, and despite being animals, the main characters are easy to relate to and sometimes behave in a very human way.

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Book Review: Grandpa Bernie’s Bedtime Stories

Title: Grandpa Bernie’s Bedtime Stories
Author: Bernard Ditchik
Genre: Children’s Books
Age Group: Children
Rating: 4 stars
PurchaseAmazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

These delightful tales are sure to help your little ones settle down and drift contentedly off to sleep.  Written by a grandfather for his own kids and grandchildren, these eighteen entertaining stories feature lots of talking animals, including a kangaroo who teaches a pony how to jump, a little bear who wants to play baseball, a coyote who learns to fly, a magic balloon that takes a little girl all the way to Japan and back, and some resourceful ants who build a swimming pool so they can play as well as work.  It’s full of positive images and plots that inspire creative solutions to various challenges.  A lovely read-aloud adventure the whole family will enjoy!

Grandpa Bernie’s Bedtime Stories is a wonderful storybook, written by ‘grandpa’ Bernard Ditchik, featuring eighteen bedtime sotries for kids. The stories are short, so that the kids won’t get bored. The book itself is almost a work of art all on its own, with a colorful background and cute illustrations to accompany the chapter titles.

The stories are kids appropriate, and a lot of them feature talking animals. I remember some of my favorite stories as a kid did have talking animals in the main roles, so that’s sure to be a hit with kids. The book also has some wonderful messages for friends, about relationships, friendship, and so on, but the message doesn’t overpower the story – ultimately, the story is most important.

I’m pretty sure children will love this collection of stories. Since it has eighteen different stories, by the time you get to the end, the little ones will be excited to hear the first story again!

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party Sweet Tales


I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for “Sweet Tales”. The tour runs from April 17 to May 17. Stay tuned for my review on May 15!

Tour Schedule

April 17th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

April 19th: Book Excerpt @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

April 21st:  Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

April 23rd: Book Review and Book Excerpt @ Laura’s Interests

April 25th: Author Interview and Giveaway @ Majanka’s Blog

April 27th: Book Excerpt @ Bedazzled Reading

April 29th: Book Review @ Read Day and Night

May 1st: Book Excerpt @ The Single Librarian

May 2nd: Book Excerpt @ Just Books

May 3rd: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ 411 on Books, Authors, Publishing

May 3rd: Book Review, Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ T’s Stuff

May 5th: Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy

May 7th:  Book Review @ Books are Forever

May 10th: Book Excerpt @ The Resistance

May 12th: Author Interview @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

May 15th: Book Review and Giveaway @ I Heart Reading

May 17th: Book Excerpt @ Two Heartbeats

About the Book

Title: Sweet Tales

Author: Laurie Hyman

Genre: Children’s Books

The Adventures of Brittany and Lace, the second book in the Sweet Tales series, is the perfect chapter book or read-out-loud book for animal lovers of all ages! Told from the animals’ point of view, these three charming stories center around Britt the Kit, now a grown-up tabby cat, and a special litter of rescued kittens—Lace, our new co-star destined to be Brittany’s new sister, Coco, who needs a home, Scamp and Willa. Exploring universal themes, with lots of trouble and adventure in between, each story is resolved with determination, love, and understanding. When needed, humans help, along with a colorful group of animal friends. An enjoyable book for the entire family – or anyone who enjoys a good tale!

“An educational adventure story for young animal lovers that delivers justice where it’s deserved.” -Kirkus Reviews

”The overall sense of caring, community, and responsibility for others is palpable throughout.”
–Kirkus Reviews

Cover Credits

Original Art: Belinda DelPesco

Cover Design: Heather Wood

Author Bio

“Writing is my creative outlet,” says Laurie Hyman, author of Sweet Tales: The Adventures of Brittany and Lace.  The children’s series is written from the perspectives of cats, dogs, horses, woodchucks, coyotes, squirrels, crows and various other animals.  The stories explore universal themes such as family, friends, bullying, animal cruelty, abandonment and rescue, and the environment.  These books will appeal to readers of all ages, says Laurie, who comes from a creative family.  Her father was a writer and her brother, David Saperstein, wrote the novel on which the hit movie, Cocoon was based.

But her creativity doesn’t begin and end with books.  Laurie has extensive experience representing recording artists such as Barry Manilow and working as a producer and program coordinator for film, television, music and video companies.  She was assistant producer on Nurse, the acclaimed 1981 CBS network drama starring Michael Learned and Robert Reed.  Laurie also associate produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—Coming Out of Their Shells, a documentary about the making of the live musical tour based on the hit movies and TV series.

Laurie Hyman is passionate about the creative process, which she finds fascinating and fulfilling.  She has also worked extensively as a senior health care advocate and she developed the Health Navigator Program for ReServe Inc. where she supervised several volunteers for NYC hospitals.  She also volunteered as an advocate for the American Red Cross, March of Dimes, and MRC (Medicare Rights Center) in health care and senior care advocacy.  She currently lives in New York State with her husband Micky and their two cats Maggie and Lily.

Connect with Laurie: www.redskypresents.com

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About the Book

Title: Don’t Go Mango Picking

Author: DH Gibbs

Genre: Children’s Book

An ordinary day turns into an unexpected adventure…

When Sandy and Deanna is lured into mango picking they soon discover that sometimes everything is not as it seems. With mischief and mayhem, the girls soon learn that there can be many dangers to breaking the rules.

This story set in the olden days of the Caribbean will be sure to entertain any adventures your reader.

Author Bio

With an active imagination and a love of art, D.H. Gibbs has chosen to combine her talents by writing and illustrating. Creating fantastical tales for Children, New and Young Adults, her strongest desire is to share her stories with readers so they too can be a part of the new worlds she creates.

D.H. Gibbs hails from the Caribbean where in her free time she reads, paints and travel when she can.

For more on her upcoming work stalk or visit her

www.facebook.com/DHGibbskids

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Also Available By D.H. Gibbs

Nika, a Seychatka Novella

A Little Bit of Kindness (Short Story)

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Book Tours: Starter Day Party Grandpa Bernie’s Bedtime Stories

I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for children’s book “Grandpa Bernie’s Bedtime Stories”. Enjoy the tour, and stay tuned for my review!

Tour Schedule

April 3rd: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

April 5th: Book Excerpt @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

April 7th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

April 9th: Book Review @ Laura’s Interests

April 11th: Author Interview @ Majanka’s Blog

April 13th: Book Excerpt and Giveaway @ 411 on Books, Authors and Publishing

April 15th: Book Review and Giveaway @ Bookworm for Kids

April 15th: Book Excerpt and Book Review @ T’s Stuff

April 17th: Book Review @ The Resistance

April 19th:  Book Excerpt @ Indy Book Fairy

April 20th: Book Review @ Pop’s Blog

April 20th: Book Review @ As Told by Tina

April 21st: Book Excerpt @ Just Books

April 23rd: Book Review @ Two Heartbeats

April 25th:  Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

April 28th: Book Review @ Solafide Publishing

April 30th: Book Excerpt @ Books, Dreams, Life

May 1st: Book Review and Giveaway @ I Heart Reading

May 3rd: Book Review @ Read Day and Night

About the Book

Title: Grandpa Bernie’s Bedtime Stories

Author: Bernard Ditchik

Genre: Children’s Books

These delightful tales are sure to help your little ones settle down and drift contentedly off to sleep.  Written by a grandfather for his own kids and grandchildren, these eighteen entertaining stories feature lots of talking animals, including a kangaroo who teaches a pony how to jump, a little bear who wants to play baseball, a coyote who learns to fly, a magic balloon that takes a little girl all the way to Japan and back, and some resourceful ants who build a swimming pool so they can play as well as work.  It’s full of positive images and plots that inspire creative solutions to various challenges.  A lovely read-aloud adventure the whole family will enjoy!

Author Bio

I didn’t begin my career as an author by writing stories. First, I was a storyteller. Let me explain. Many years ago, when our children were very young, I would sit on their beds at bedtime and tell them a story. Instead of reading a story written by someone else, I preferred to make up my own story right on the spot. They were stories about animals who learned to fly, children who talked to birds, alligators who were friends with elephants, and even one about a horse that learned to jump like a kangaroo. Our children loved them. So I made up lot of stories. Then there was a long period of time when there was no one who wanted to listen to my stories because they had all grown up!

But then, something wonderful happened. We had our first grandchild—and I became Grandpa Bernie. One day, one of my daughters said, “Dad, you have so many stories. I think other children would like to hear them.” That’s when I became an author.

At the age of 93, I am still playing tennis (doubles only) five times a week in a 60+ league. I have been married 64 years to my wonderful wife, Faigie, had three children, and five grandchildren. I continue to sit in my favorite chair, with a large pad on my lap, and a pen in my hand, lean back, and let my imagination soar.

Links

Red Sky Presents Grandpa Bernie’s Bedtime Stories

Book Tours: Starter Day Party Rat Tuesday

I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for children’s picture book “Rat Tuesday”. Enjoy the tour!

Tour Schedule

March 16th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

March 18th: Book Review @ The Resistance

March 20th: Promo Post and Giveaway @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

March 21st: Promo Post @ Bookish Madness

March 23rd: Book Review @ Pop’s Blog

March 23rd: Book Review @ Just Books

About the Book

Title: Rat Tuesday

Author: Adrienne Quintana

Illustrator: Shalece Fiack

When the neighborhood rat children meet at the park to play, they attempt a science experiment and disaster ensues.

Author Bio

Adrienne Quintana is the author of Eruption and Reclamation as well as several children’s books. When she isn’t writing, Adrienne enjoys running, hiking, and matchmaking (Are you single? She probably knows someone perfect for you.) She lives in Arizona with her husband and four children, who give her love, support, and plenty of good material for Instagram.

Illustrator Bio

Shalece Fiack has loved painting and drawing since her childhood. She is the illustrator for the Rat Tuesday series and an acrylic painter. In 2015, Shalece completed 100 paintings in 100 days. Shalece continues to paint soft, colorful pieces in her home studio in Orono, Maine, where she lives with her family.

 

Links

Publisher Website: https://pinkumbrellapublishing.com/

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2mgtY3z